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ULAA Wants Code Of Conduct Upheld, Respected
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ULAA Wants Code Of Conduct Upheld, Respected

By Wilfred Gortor

MONROVIA, May 6 (LINA) - The Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA) has affirmed its fullest support for the much-debated Code of Conduct, terming it as one of few legislative Acts fully vetted by the three branches of government and the people of Liberia.

ULAA said it is in full support of the Code, and therefore views pronouncements and actions of politicians and others intended to openly violate the law as dangerous and having the propensity of de-legitimizing Liberia's governance institutions as well as undermine the nation's peace.

ULAA, in a position statement published on Friday in Monrovia, said it also holds firm to the Code of Conduct because there is no constitutionally protected right for anyone to remain an Executive branch appointee and contest for elected office at the same time; or utilize the resources and benefits of that appointment to seek elective office.

The Union said it recognizes that the Code of Conduct, like many other laws, may not be to the liking of some segments of the population, but noted that it is the duty of citizens in a democracy to petition and persuade their lawmakers to repeal a law if they are not in favor of it.

In the statement, ULAA said this is the reason why it continues to opt for the repeal of the 1974 Alien and Nationality Laws, and the enactment of a dual citizenship law for natural born Liberians who are citizens of their host country of refuge.

Meanwhile, ULAA has called on politicians and individuals to follow its footsteps  by doing same, instead of denying the existence of  the Code of Conduct, or acting in ways that suggest an open violation.

The union opined that given the fragility of Liberia and the menace of impunity that has permeated the nation's governance structure it is prudent that individuals seeking leadership positions demonstrate true fidelity to the law of the land and resist the conduct of being above the law.

According to the ULAA, it is satisfied and also supports statements emanating from the National Elections Commission that it will fully enforce all eligible laws, including the Code of Conduct.



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